Jan 6, 2013 5:30pm PST
's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: it looks real, but this $100 bill is funny money and production is booming. federal authorities are now saying that in most cases the crooks are using everyday office equipment, scanners, printers and ink. >> it's easier and faster today because of copiers and the sophistication in different type of inking systems. >> reporter: in atlanta, they busted a graphic artist. known in criminal circles as the printer. prosecutors say that he and his father and four other men produced more than a million dollars in counterfeit bills, using a printer to print out fake 50s. printing the front. -- front bill on one sheet, the back on another, before carefully gluing it all together. there are a flood of how-to guides on the internet. in november, rhode island police arrested this man, who they believed learned how to use a check cal suit to make fake 100s. >> a consumer takes the time to look at the water mark and see it doesn't match the portrait. they would know something was wrong with the bill. >> reporter: the government says new security features help.